Sinn Féin Jobpath motion passes Dáil

Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed Thursday’s Dáil vote which saw the party’s motion to end the Jobpath scheme pass.

Gerry Adams, who spoke in the Dáil during the debate, said: “Jobpath was introduced in 2015 by the then Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Burton. Sinn Féin believed then and we have been proven right, that this scheme is more about massaging the unemployment statistics than delivering for those seeking employment. It is also about privatising public services. And it should end.

Sinn Féin has consistently highlighted serious concerns about the processes used within the Jobpath scheme. We have repeatedly expressed our concerns about the delivery of JobPath by two private companies, Turas Nua and Seetec. Figures released late last year revealed that of almost 200,000 people referred to JobPath, only 9% had secured employment for at least one year. That is an appalling record of failure at a significant cost to the taxpayer. The only beneficiaries of JobPath have been the two private companies. Turas Nua has received €76 million and Seetec €73 million of the people’s money. The experience has been deeply unsatisfactory for the thousands who have been forced through this scheme. I have heard first-hand accounts from citizens in my own constituency of the hurt and stress they have faced as a result of this bad scheme.

In one instance, a mother with young children was required to organise and pay for childcare to attend JobPath offices just to do an Internet job search. Another woman had her jobseeker’s payment cut by €25 for not signing a personal progression plan, despite having attended all the sessions in the course.

That makes €76 million for Turas Nua and €25 taken from a young woman. These cases are not unique to Louth.

Reseach by Dr. Ray Griffin and Dr. Tom Boland from the Waterford Un/Employment Research Collaborative, concluded that the impact of JobPath on individual lives is decidedly negative. Not one of the 121 people interviewed by the Waterford researchers reported a positive experience. On the contrary, they describe a scheme that is patronising, threatening, bullying and manipulative.

JobPath should be ended and funding should now be provided to those organisations like community employment, the Local Employment Service Network and adult guidance services which have a much better record of assisting citizens in search of employment”.

Eugene Garvey Selected For Dundalk Carlingford

Louth Sinn Féin have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk and Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

In Mid-Louth Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run with his running mate not yet determined.

In Dundalk South, the three current councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St

Eugene, wife Claire and daughter Saoirse

Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

Eugene is a 34 year old married father of two and has been a Republican all of his life. He has been a member of Sinn Féin and a community activist for over 15 years.

Eugene is a qualified accountant and is involved in a number of charities and is especially passionate about the issue of homelessness.

Eugene has been in the position of renting a home and also having to travel for work so he understands the challenges faced by people in today’s uncertain climate.

Speaking after the convention, Garvey said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forwarded and subsequently selected by the Halpenny Worthington Watters Cumann and look forward to joining the Sinn Féin team on Louth County Council.”

At the 2014 Local elections, Sinn Féin lost out on the third seat in Dundalk Carlingford by the narrowest of margins. Fianna Fail beat JJ Quigley by just 4 votes.

Eugene Garvey will be working hard to take that third seat in 2019.

7 selected candidates and 2 TDs

If you want to help out in Eugene’s campaign then please contact him via facebook or you can contact the Sinn Fein office at 1-2 Crowe Street.

Please support Eugene’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Eugene-Garvey-for-Sinn-Féin-571078723346337/

 

Daft report confirms that Government has no plan, no clue – Munster

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster, has said that the latest Daft report has only confirmed that which we all knew; “rents have spiralled out of control and show no signs of slowing down”.

Teachta Munster said that it was clear that the meagre government efforts to date have had no impact and it was time for Minister Eoghan Murphy and the government to take strong, definitive action to address the housing situation which has descended far past crisis point.

Rents have risen 12.4% in a year, with the average rent now standing at €1,304. Limerick City and Waterford city has seen rises of 20% since last year.

The Louth and East Meath TD said:

“The Government’s reliance on the private sector to solve the housing crisis and the Minister’s light touch philosophy has had no impact.

“The Rent Pressure Zones were unambitious to begin with and demonstrated the reluctance of Fine Gael to interfere with a market that is dysfunctional at best, fundamentally broken at worst. Similarly, the anaemic level of construction of social and affordable housing is simply driving people towards that private sector market, driving up rents for all.

“Rent certainty, the Focus Ireland amendment that would keep families in their homes, an ambitious and necessary investment in social and affordable housing; these are the policy objectives that the government would be better served in pursuing. Media appearances telling the people that it’s not as bad as it looks are insulting and an embarrassing indication that the government truly doesn’t know how bad the housing emergency has become.

“It is clear that this government, backed to the hilt by their partners in Fianna Fáil, is doing more harm than good when it comes to the housing crisis. They have no plan and it seems they haven’t a clue either.”

Adams: Gov Failing Young People in Mental Health Supports

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has expressed serious concerns at the government’s continued failure to provide adequate Child and Adolescent Mental Health supports in the region, following the recent publication of the Mental Health Commission’s report.

 

Commenting on the findings of the report Teachta Adams said;

 

“This government is failing young people in need of mental health supports in Louth and across the state.

 

“The report shows children and young people in CHO Area 8, which covers Laois/Offaly, Longford/Westmeath and Louth/Meath, could wait up to 15 months for their initial assessment.

 

“Worryingly it also reveals that ten young people were admitted to adult mental health units in the region in 2017. The commission noted that this was directly related to lack of out of hours Child and Adolescent out of hour’s service in the region.

 

“The region covered by CHO Area 8, including Louth has the largest population of young people aged 0-18 years in the state, yet it remains understaffed and under resourced.  

 

““I have continuously raised the unacceptable lack of mental health services in north Louth with various Ministers and with An Taoiseach. These services have still not been delivered.

 

“The government must act on the Commission’s findings and deliver adequately resourced Child and Adolescent Mental Health services without delay.

Stand by the people of Palestine – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called again on the Irish government to expel the Israeli Ambassador and to formally recognise the state of Palestine.

Speaking during a Dáil debate on 17th May on the recent mass killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces Teachta Adams said:

“The refusal of the Cabinet to do no more than issue a call for an independent investigation into the dreadful events in Palestine is in reality a call to do nothing.

“We are all aware of the mass killings of Palestinian protestors. The government has rightly repudiated the Israeli government actions. But the Taoiseach claims that to expel the Israeli Ambassador is against the principle and imperative of dialogue. Not true.

“Recently the government expelled a Russian diplomat not for any alleged wrong doing in this state but in solidarity with the British government.

“So, the Taoiseach and the Minister should stop finding excuses for not taking positive action that gives meaningful expression to the rejection by the Irish people of the treatment of the people of Palestine.

“There is no excuse for the government not formally recognising the state of Palestine as agreed by the Dáil and Seanad. If the Irish don’t stand by the Palestinians who will? If we as a former colony, still occupied in part by a government we don’t want; if we with our history of freedom fighters and resistance and our peace process; if we don’t uphold the rights of the Palestinians who will?

“Their land is being slowly stolen from them. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live on Palestinian land in violation of UN resolutions. Their water rights are taken. They live in poverty and disadvantage, with no rights to freedom of movement. Our government’s stance is a cop out.

“What is Sinn Féin asking for? We are asking for our government to demand that the international community uphold international law. The muted words of condemnation are insufficient.

“I have visited the Middle East five times in recent years. I have spoken to Israeli leaders and citizens and Palestinian leaders and citizens. I have been in Gaza City and the west Bank. I have been in the refugee camps, spoken to children released after years in Israeli prisons, spoken to their parents who despair at the neglect of the international community, and walked along the abhorrent separation wall which cuts Palestinian families off from their land.

“Those Palestinian academics and others who organised the recent series of protests to mark 70 years of the Nakba, took as their example the non-violent campaigns of Martin Luther King and of Ghandi. The protests in Gaza were the Palestinian equivalent of the March to Selma. A peaceful, mass protest at an injustice ignored for 70 years.

So, the government’s options are clear. Talk a lot but do nothing. Or expel the Israeli Ambassador. Stop ignoring the democratic will of the Dáil. Recognise the state of Palestine as you recognise the state of Israel. And stand up for peace in the Middle East by standing by the Palestinians”